2 Killed In Hit And Run Crash In Houston
A car accident can be a complex case to figure out, especially when the driver cannot be found. This is often the case with hit and run accidents.
Two people were recently killed in a hit and run crash in Houston. A man and child were killed in the Christmas Eve accident, which occurred in the 7100 block of South Gessner Road. The crash happened on the evening of December 24 near Neff Street.
A Toyota Camry was at an intersection when the driver attempted to cross the street. At the same time, a pickup truck was speeding toward the intersection. The truck could not stop in time and the two vehicles collided.
The occupants of the Camry—a driver and a girl believed to be 8 or 9 years old—were ejected from the vehicle. Both died at the accident scene. It is unknown how the two were related.
Witnesses saw the driver of the pickup truck exit his vehicle looking disoriented. He fled the accident scene on foot. He is described as a Hispanic man between the ages of 20 and 25 years old. It is believed that alcohol played a role in the crash.
Consequences of a Hit and Run Accident
A hit and run occurs when you flee an accident scene without stopping to render aid or inform the owner. Hit and run crashes may involve other vehicles, pedestrians, and other objects, such as poles. A hit and run can happen anywhere, including private roads and parking lots. If you hit a parked car that is not occupied, you still need to leave a note and inform the owner or else you can still be accused of a hit and run accident.
A hit and run accident in Texas can come with strict penalties. For a minor accident—damage under $200—a person who flees an accident scene can be fined up to $500 and charged with
a Class C misdemeanor. If the damage is more than $200, you can be charged with a Class B misdemeanor, which means a punishment of up to six months in jail. If a person leaves an accident scene that involves serious injury or death, it is classified as a third-degree felony, which is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. For a minor injury, a person can be charged with a felony. The punishment comes with a $5,000 fine and up to five years in prison.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer
Fleeing the scene of a car accident is immoral and illegal. In many cases, it leads to fatality for the victims who do not get the medical help they need. That was the case in this incident.
The Houston auto accident attorneys at the West Law Office, PLLC can help you deal with the ramifications of a hit and run accident. We can help you fight for compensation. Schedule a free consultation by calling 281-347-3247 or filling out the online form.